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Green Geek Tip: Print on Both Sides of the Paper

It's not complicated to learn how to print on both sides of paper, but I bet very few of us actually do it. There are few times when you need to have an actual blank page on the back of a printout, but doing so will save precious trees so let this be a reminder to you!

If you don't know how to print on both sides, simply go into your print settings. For Macs, click the arrow next to the printer and then select "Layout" and turn "Two-Sided" on. For PCs, it's usually known as "Duplex."

And a reminder: If you forget to print on both sides, you can always reinsert printed pages into the paper tray, right side down and print your new project.

Your colleagues and boss shouldn't mind the double-sided printing, since it's a green and money-saving, solution. Heck, you might even be promoted for your efficient idea!


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm a big fan of trying to conserve paper - in my job, we're always writing presentations, and sometimes the only way to see mistakes is to print it out and scan it over cause you don't always see things on the screen - and i've learned not only to print on both sides of the sheet - but i always fit 4 slides to a page - and that way i'm cutting the number of pages that i print to 1/4 of the size
macgirl macgirl 8 years
If your printer doesn't have a duplexer or an option for that you can usually print out odd pages then reinsert the paper upside down and print the even pages. Sometimes you have to play around to get the hang of it. Having a built in duplexer is nice but nothing you normally find on inexpensive ink jets.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
my english teacher in HS yelled at me for printing on both sides. I didn't like her I don't think my current printer does both sides, but I never use it anyway. at work printing on both sides is default. Sometimes I'm printing pictures/flyers out to hang up and I forget :-/
eightieslingo eightieslingo 8 years
I print on both sides for my assignments. Teachers are constantly commenting on it. One teacher actually complained about it! I said I was trying to save paper and he just laughed at me. Ugh! But my other teachers thought it was a good idea.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
ha! i print on both sides. it's not like i ever have to turn in anything i print.
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